The English Language and German degree is offered by experts in Applied Linguistics, German literature, culture, gender studies, history, translation, music and contemporary writing.
In the English Language component, we look at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and students can also relate this to teaching English to speakers of other languages.
The German component includes intensive training in German, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary German society, history and literature.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.
Students will also spend a year in Germany.
Together with the Department of English Literature, English Language is ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.
- All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German- speaking world.
- During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany.
- Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in Germany.
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In English Language:
- The English Language component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
- In year 2, students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview. The typical cost is £1430;but English Language students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.
- Students can practice teaching during their year abroad.
- Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
- Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.
Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University
Students study six modules: three in English Language and three in German.
The English Language component looks at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts and time. We look at:
- how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts;
- how language has developed over time;
- how we learn our first language and subsequent languages;
- how language operates in bilingual contexts;
- how we produce and understand language in real time as well as,
- how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.
We relate this to real world issues with crucial impacts on individuals and communities. These include the use of language to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media); the effect of dialect and accent on identity; the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.
- In the first year all students follow a language module which builds on your knowledge of spoken and written German and a module on German culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of film, literature and history of Germany. There are optional modules on German for Professional Purposes, European Cinema and Fiction. You can also study German as a beginner.
- In the second and final year you continue to develop your language skills and choose from optional modules such as: Twentieth Century Berlin: Myth and Reality; Vienna Underground; German Song Cultures; The Meanings of Fairy Tales; Modernism and Desire: Germany 1890-1933; Shifting Identities in Modern Germany and a Dissertation on a subject of your choice.